Understanding Hospice VS Palliative CarePosted on May 14, 2014 by ElderCare Resources in Blog, Education, Hospice & Palliative Care
The Difference Between Hospice and Palliative Care
Hospice is specialized medical care for individuals who have less than six months to live. Pain management and symptom relief are primary hospice care goals. Hospice care seeks to enable patients to live a symptom and pain free life so that their remaining time may be spent with dignity and quality at home. Hospice is not about giving up. It’s about giving care. Hospice services include medications, medical supplies and equipment to manage patients’ symptoms and promote comfort. Hospice provides 24-hour-a-day on call support for patients and their families, as well as grief counseling for families and friends following the death of a loved one.
About Palliative Care
Palliative care is medical care for individuals of any age who have a chronic, life-limiting illness. Palliative medicine strives to relieve suffering. It also addresses physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual needs to help the patient and their family maintain the best quality of life. Palliative medicine can be offered simultaneously with all other appropriate medical treatment. In addition to alleviating the patient’s discomfort, palliative care can also provide family the opportunity to gather information about how an illness is likely to progress and to begin planning for long-term-care needs.